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 One of the new features on Kindle 2 is the Personal Docs filter on the Home Screen.  Until recently, this feature did absolutely nothing. Starting today, new documents sent through Amazon's conversion service will contain the flag to display in the Personal Docs section.  But, previously converted documents remain unchanged.

If you have your original files, you can re-send them all to Amazon for conversion.  Many people delete the originals once they have the Kindle version, so this option won't work for everyone. So, here's what you can do:

1. You will need to install MobiPerl <https://dev.mobileread.com/trac/mobiperl>
2. You will need to install Mobi2Mobi_GUI <http://wiki.mobileread.com/wiki/Kindle_Mobi2Mobi_GUI_Vista/XP>
3. Use Mobi2Mobi_GUI to change the cdetype to PDOC
     Note: cdetype is found in the EXTH type drop-down box (don't forget to check the box next to any field you're changing)
4. Click "convert"

Your new file will now show up in the Personal Docs filter on Kindle 2.

Now, there should be a way to change this from the mobi2mobi command line. I know it can change mobiheader items, even though the switches aren't undocumented, but I can't figure out how to change the extended header fields.   Below is the item that tells Kindle 2 that the file is a personal document:

EXTH    item: 501 - CDEContentType - 4 - PDOC

I'd love to have comments on command line (or Mac-friendly) methods.


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Mar. 15th, 2009 08:56 pm (UTC)
Woot! Awesome! Two questions:

-- I actually have some free books that are showing up as pdocs. Is there a flag to reverse this, e.g., define a file as a book? ETA: Never mind, I found it -- EBOK.

-- Do you mind if I share this with kindledfans?

Thanks! This is awesome info.

Edited at 2009-03-15 10:15 pm (UTC)
Mar. 16th, 2009 03:09 am (UTC)
Yes, please share the PDOC fix.
I hope if enough people see it, someone smarter than me will figure out a Mac-friendly fix.
Mar. 16th, 2009 09:42 am (UTC)
This is a Kindle 2 thing only, correct?? Won't work for Kindle 1.? Wonderful information. Thank you!

Mar. 16th, 2009 04:16 pm (UTC)
Personal Docs are only on Kindle 2, but Kindle 1 can do something else...
For Kindle 1, you can use the command line tool mobi2mobi to make several books appear in a "folder" like periodicals do.

Warning: Kindle 2 displays periodicals differently and the Kindle 1 trick doesn't work, so if you're planning to upgrade, don't try this.

Short answer how to:
1. All books in the folder must have an identical title (like MyDocs). You'll set the author's field to contain the real title.

2. Use mobi2mobi from the command line. The switch: "--booktype 259" changes the book type to "News Magazine"

3. Use the standard "--title" switch to set the folder name and the "--author" switch to set the document's real title.

It's probably unnecessary to mention this, but the --booktype switch
doesn't work on DRM'd books. However, it will work on
unencrypted .azw files (like your own files that were emailed to
Kindle). You simply need to change the .azw file extension to .prc
before using mobi2mobi.

For more info, see my old Yahoo Groups post:
Mar. 16th, 2009 05:00 pm (UTC)
Re: Personal Docs are only on Kindle 2, but Kindle 1 can do something else...
Bless you for this info! I may give it a try.

Another question if I may...

I'm converting a LOT of fan-fiction for my Kindle, and in fact am thinking of starting a community which will archive converted fan-fiction (with author's permission only) for folks to grab for their Kindle.

My problem is.. some of the fics are short. And the darned cover image.. usually the story's first page.. is often as big or bigger than the actual story. Any way to get RID of cover images completely? I can't seem to get Mobipocker reader to do it for me.

Thank you for all your great info.

Mar. 16th, 2009 06:02 pm (UTC)
Re: Personal Docs are only on Kindle 2, but Kindle 1 can do something else...
Using Mobipocket reader? hmmm...

I assume you're saving the html file to your hard drive and then importing into Mobipocket reader, right? You could save the file as text (instead of html) and then import as usual. You'll loose formatting that way, so you might not like that choice. Another option would be to copy/paste into a word processing program (Word, Writer, etc.), delete the graphic, save as HTML or Word 97/2000/XP format, and then import into Mobipocket reader.

Mobipocket Creator will give you more options (Meta data, guide items, etc.) but, if you're happy with your current method, there's no need to change.
Mar. 16th, 2009 06:08 pm (UTC)
Re: Personal Docs are only on Kindle 2, but Kindle 1 can do something else...
Thank you so much!! I do want to try to keep whatever formatting the author used in their story.. and need the metadata for the author's name and to describe the story, fandom..all that.

But I'm going to experiment with some of your suggestions.. see what comes of it.

Thanks, again!
Mar. 16th, 2009 08:14 pm (UTC)
I've been using the Mobipocket Creator to convert my Word files from doc format to prc format and uploading the prc files to my Kindle and just dealing with the fact that they're in with my books.

I'd love to have these files go into Personal Documents, but haven't been able to get this to work, so I know I must be screwing it up somewhere. What file format are you starting with?
Mar. 16th, 2009 10:04 pm (UTC)
Mobi2mobi_GUI works with .prc, .mobi .azw
Once you have the file in a Kindle-compatible format, you need to use the mobi2mobi_GUI program to define the cdetype. You can use the link above or google it for documentation and installation help.

To the best of my knowledge, Mobipocket Creator can't write the extended header information to tell Kindle that a file is a Personal Doc.

I've changed unencrypted .prc, .mobi and .azw files with this method.

Something that I often forget is to check the box next to the field I'm changing. Also, if you're starting with a .prc file, the program will likely create a new .mobi file with your changes. Make sure you transfer the right file to your Kindle.

Mar. 17th, 2009 03:51 pm (UTC)
Re: Mobi2mobi_GUI works with .prc, .mobi .azw
It worked!!! The python scripts on my computer were stopped but once I restarted them it worked just as you described. Thank you!
Mar. 21st, 2009 09:41 am (UTC)
Re: Mobi2mobi_GUI works with .prc, .mobi .azw
Excellent! You're very welcome.
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